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Managing Your Identity on Facebook with Face Recognition Technology

22 December 2017

For the visually impaired, the company is also working on identifying text in manipulated photos like memes, though its technique isn't quite ready for primetime.

First of all, you need to change the "Tag suggestions" which is by default to no one.

Given that Facebook can recognize your likeness without you being tagged, it would seem to be possible that the company could offer a setting through which users could choose to have photos of themselves pre-emptively barred from being posted at all. You're in control of your image on Facebook and can make choices such as whether to tag yourself, leave yourself untagged, or reach out to the person who posted the photo if you have concerns about it.

Privacy experts argue that since Facebook is poised to beef up its facial recognition powers, it should also become more transparent about such decisions. We always respect the privacy setting people select when posting a photo on Facebook (whether that's friends, public or a custom audience), so you won't receive a notification if you're not in the audience. Facebook says that this "brings people closer together".

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Facebook unveiled the new Photo Review feature earlier this week.

At any rate, the new use of facial recognition is mostly about letting you know if someone has uploaded your photo as their profile picture.

Now that more and more tech companies are moving towards facial recognition technology, it can feel hard to escape the inevitable: that we have to trust these tech corporations with our faces, fingerprints, and more. And because of a new face recognition service the social network is rolling out Tuesday, he can now learn which friends are in photos, even those who haven't been tagged by another user.

For those who have opted in, Facebook creates what it calls a template of a person's face by analyzing pixels from photos where the person is already tagged. "When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template", said Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer in his statement. Currently, facial recognition features on Facebook are not yet allowed in Canada or Europe, although they are in the United States.

Managing Your Identity on Facebook with Face Recognition Technology